Word for the Week: Curiosity

April 23, 2010

It was one of those visits to Half-Priced Book Store where I’d go to spend the afternoon seeking anything that would catch my fancy, from architecture to travel to needlework to design to gardening to photography…wandering from section to section looking for a cover or a title that would pique my curiosity. I never knew what would trigger it, sometimes a book on Mexican decor, sometimes some obscure vintage needlework design.    Once it was a book on the Watts Towers in Los Angeles. 

Watts Towers


Simon Rodia is one of those people who had a vision and wanted to create something greater than themselves, something that would last long after they were gone.  You might not have ever heard of him, but he created those towers single -handedly with nothing more than concrete and a  a bucket of  whatever he could find: shells, broken tiles, broken dishes, glass bottles.   


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